Why Dragon Quest Has Always Been So Much More Popular in Japan

In Japan, Dragon Quest is a cultural phenomenon. In the U.S., it's that "other" JRPG franchise. What caused such a massive difference in the game's global reception?

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shinoff2183433d ago

These days I enjoy dq way more then ff. Dq 11 was better then anything after ff10 maybe even ff10. I do feel that dq12 is gonna go action based rpg. Which is unfortunate but time will tell.

closed_account433d ago

Same here. Even Tales games I'm enjoying more now days. There was just a sense of awe and wonder, that sense of adventure we all wanted to experience when were were kids that I no longer feel that in Final Fantasy games. I'll still play them, but I miss the earlier SNES, PS1 days.

shinoff2183433d ago

That snes ps1 Era was magical especially when it comes to rpgs.

andy85433d ago

I hope not. DQ is the only one that's stuck to its roots. Given its massively popular in Japan, even over FF, I'd hope they will stick with what sells over there.

Gardenia433d ago

I agree. Final Fantasy hasn't made a great game for a long time now. I enjoy the Dragon Quest, Tales and Ys series more as of late.

FinalFantasyFanatic432d ago

It's sad to see how low FF has fallen now, I always tend to think of other games now when I think about JRPGs, Persona, Tales, Legend of Heroes, DQ, Bravely Default... There are just some many games I'd rather play over modern FF.

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andy85433d ago

Thankfully thats shifting more and hopefully means more localisation (especially DQX offline)

franwex433d ago (Edited 433d ago )

Strange. Gamers complain about game franchises being the same thing over and over again. DQ actually gets praised for it.

I personally have played several DQ games and I tend to stop playing them after 30 hours. Just too long, and repetitive. Most RPGs I suppose are like this-but with DQ I lose interest as the plot doesn’t really grab me.

SaiyanFury432d ago

Final Fantasy doesn't really do the whole fantasy thing too much anymore.

franwex430d ago

Ff 16 looks pretty fantasy.


Top 10 Best Dragon Quest Games of All Time, Ranked

Dragon Quest is one of the cornerstone JRPG series that helped make the genre what it is today, and these are the best games.

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andy85153d ago

Dragon Quest VIII 4th? Yikes. That's easily number 1 for me. I'd love to be able to play it again on newer consoles.

Zeldafan64153d ago

III, XI and VIII are my top 3 in that order. While I think XI is the better game overall my nostalgia for III will never be beat.


10 RPGs That Defined The Genre

Thanks to their innovative approach to gaming, RPGs like Dark Souls, Final Fantasy VII, and Dragon Quest left a significant impact on the genre.

ApocalypseShadow325d ago

Good games but no Phantasy Star?

merlox324d ago

Why do people forget Phantasy Star? That is one of my favorite RPG series. Another ther good but overlooked series is ,Y's.

anast324d ago

ES3 set things off, it's a shame they got greedy and decided to cut corners so the executives could get huge pay days.


Square Enix's top 3 game franchises have sold nearly 300 million copies combined

The publisher's big three includes Final Fantasy, which has shipped and sold 173 million units across a multitude of games spanning 35 years; Dragon Quest, a 36-year old beloved RPG series that has sold 85 million copies on all platforms; and Kingdom Hearts, a relatively newer franchise released in 2002 on the PlayStation 2 that has since moved over 36 million copies on a number of releases across multiple console generations.

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lonewolf10533d ago

The 173 mill for FF does that include the MMO's?

gold_drake532d ago

i wonder.

if so, are mobile titles included as well? ha

CBaoth532d ago

yes a sale is a sale regardless of platform. MMOs, mobile, traditional, even expansions are counted. Capcom lists Iceborne as the 5th best selling product all time on their investor page

shinoff2183532d ago

With dragon quest seeming like the only true jrpg out of the bunch. Thanks for dq atleast square

FallenAngel1984532d ago

It’s disingenuous to label DQ as the only true JRPG

JRPGs come in various styles